Poorest Cities In New Jersey For 2020


We used science and data to determine which places in New Jersey are basically dead broke.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the poorest places in New Jersey.

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New Jersey brings to mind images of Trenton, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you'll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, New Jersey has certain places that are going on hard times. These places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the places in New Jersey that could use a helping hand.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 188 places in New Jersey with more than 5,000 people.

Again, this isn't a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it's just a look at the facts.

What's the poorst city in New Jersey? According to the facts, Atlantic City is the poorest place in New Jersey for 2020.

Rich people more your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the richest places in New Jersey or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

The 10 Poorest Cities In New Jersey For 2020

Atlantic City, NJ

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Population: 38,372
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $27,786 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.8% (5th highest)
Poverty Rate: 37.7% (1st highest)
More on Atlantic City:  Data | Photos

Atlantic City, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in New Jersey thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 38,372 people averages the 2nd lowest median household income in New Jersey and the 1st highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

Camden, NJ

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Population: 74,608
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $27,070 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.6% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 36.8% (2nd highest)
More on Camden:  Data | Photos

The second poorest city in New Jersey is Camden.

The city ranks as having the 2nd highest incidence of poverty and 1st lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate 'only' ranks as the 6th highest in the Garden State.

Wildwood, NJ

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Population: 5,073
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $33,031 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 14.6% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 24.5% (11th highest)
More on Wildwood:  Data | Photos

Placing as the third poorest city, Wildwood's median income ranks as the 3rd lowest.

And that's a sign that there's a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 24.471657120284416% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the Garden State.

Newark, NJ

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Population: 280,463
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $35,181 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.8% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 28.0% (9th highest)
More on Newark:  Data | Photos

Newark ranks as the fourth poorest place in New Jersey.

The town ranks as having the 5th lowest median household income and the 9th highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there's still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

Trenton, NJ

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Population: 83,734
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $35,387 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.3% (7th highest)
Poverty Rate: 28.4% (7th highest)
More on Trenton:  Data | Photos

The fifth poorest city in New Jersey is Trenton.

The city ranks as having the 6th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 7th highest in New Jersey.

Still not the best news for Trenton.

Asbury Park, NJ

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Population: 15,674
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $41,336 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.3% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 28.6% (6th highest)
More on Asbury Park:  Data | Photos

Asbury Park ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Garden State.

It ranks as having the 6th highest incidence of poverty and the 10th highest unemployment rate.

Pleasantville, NJ

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Population: 20,374
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $40,614 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.0% (12th highest)
Poverty Rate: 21.3% (15th highest)
More on Pleasantville:  Data | Photos

Pleasantville places as the seventh poorest city in New Jersey.

The city of over 20,374 ranks as having the 15th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

East Orange, NJ

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Population: 64,400
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $44,809 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 15.3% (1st highest)
Poverty Rate: 19.1% (22nd highest)
More on East Orange:  Data | Photos

East Orange ranks as the eighth poorest city in New Jersey.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 1st highest in the state.

Keansburg, NJ

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Population: 9,788
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $46,725 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (20th highest)
Poverty Rate: 25.0% (10th highest)
More on Keansburg:  Data | Photos

Keansburg couldn't stay out of the top ten poorest places in New Jersey; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 16th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Keansburg ranks as having the 10th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in New Jersey.

Bridgeton, NJ

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Population: 24,841
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $35,023 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (39th highest)
Poverty Rate: 33.0% (4th highest)
More on Bridgeton:  Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in New Jersey is Bridgeton.

The city of 24,841 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Garden State.

How We Determined The Poorest Places In New Jersey for 2020

The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don't think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "poorest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The "median household income adjusted for the cost of living" attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they'd still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

After we collected the data for all 188 places with more than 5,000 people in New Jersey, we ranked each place from 1 to 188 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Poor Score" with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Atlantic City, crowned the "Poorest Place In New Jersey For 2020". You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Poorest Places In New Jersey For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in New Jersey, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in New Jersey.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the richest cities in New Jersey, according to data:

    Richest: North Caldwell
    2nd Richest: Haddonfield
    3rd Richest: Woodcliff Lake

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Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In New Jersey

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Atlantic City 38,372 37.7%
2 Camden 74,608 36.8%
3 Wildwood 5,073 24.5%
4 Newark 280,463 28.0%
5 Trenton 83,734 28.4%
6 Asbury Park 15,674 28.6%
7 Pleasantville 20,374 21.3%
8 East Orange 64,400 19.1%
9 Keansburg 9,788 25.0%
10 Bridgeton 24,841 33.0%
11 New Brunswick 56,084 34.2%
12 Woodbury 9,929 21.2%
13 Millville 27,950 19.2%
14 Paulsboro 5,937 22.0%
15 Burlington 9,814 13.9%
16 Lindenwold 17,354 14.0%
17 Guttenberg 11,436 20.0%
18 Elizabeth 128,153 18.4%
19 Ventnor City 10,232 12.5%
20 Bellmawr 11,415 18.5%
21 West New York 52,477 20.2%
22 Passaic 70,131 31.9%
23 Fairview 14,269 12.9%
24 Long Branch 30,611 19.1%
25 Plainfield 50,508 19.6%
26 Haledon 8,338 16.0%
27 Glassboro 19,580 22.3%
28 Pine Hill 10,443 11.4%
29 Paterson 145,800 28.1%
30 Vineland 60,357 14.4%
31 Roselle 21,582 10.0%
32 Jersey City 261,746 18.3%
33 Union City 68,362 21.3%
34 Gloucester City 11,246 11.8%
35 South River 16,091 11.2%
36 Somers Point 10,460 11.1%
37 Bayonne 65,300 13.8%
38 Little Ferry 10,827 10.3%
39 Phillipsburg 14,415 17.4%
40 Harrison 16,180 15.8%
41 Hackett 9,501 12.2%
42 Palmyra 7,223 10.3%
43 Keyport 7,070 12.8%
44 Lodi 24,498 10.7%
45 Linden 42,033 9.2%
46 Freehold 11,855 16.1%
47 Prospect Park 5,861 19.5%
48 Somerdale 5,407 9.3%
49 Dunellen 7,284 10.2%
50 Pitman 8,830 9.2%
51 Carteret 23,682 14.5%
52 Garfield 31,578 16.6%
53 South Amboy 8,694 7.5%
54 Hammonton 14,284 11.3%
55 Absecon 8,289 6.6%
56 Union Beach 5,549 11.0%
57 Washington 6,478 7.4%
58 Hight 5,413 14.1%
59 Kearny 41,567 11.0%
60 Red Bank 12,120 14.1%
61 Englewood 28,332 11.8%
62 Newton 7,895 13.6%
63 Northfield 8,344 8.7%
64 Belmar 5,647 11.8%
65 Beachwood 11,210 9.2%
66 Perth Amboy 51,832 18.3%
67 Dover 18,091 12.7%
68 Stratford 6,967 7.7%
69 Hackensack 44,381 12.9%
70 Wharton 6,521 4.5%
71 Eato 12,237 9.5%
72 Runnemede 8,328 9.1%
73 Palisades Park 20,554 12.0%
74 North Plainfield 21,640 8.0%
75 Highland Park 13,992 10.5%
76 Brigantine 8,966 9.9%
77 Bogota 8,362 7.6%
78 Collingswood 13,912 6.0%
79 Clayton 8,545 5.7%
80 Rahway 29,370 7.6%
81 Cliffside Park 24,883 12.3%
82 Ridgefield 11,248 7.6%
83 Mil 6,993 6.3%
84 North Arlington 15,724 11.2%
85 Wallington 11,580 10.6%
86 Roselle Park 13,568 6.4%
87 Sayreville 44,285 6.9%
88 Clifton 85,169 9.7%
89 Manville 10,283 9.0%
90 Woodland Park 12,489 11.5%
91 Spotswood 8,293 6.7%
92 Fort Lee 36,990 11.4%
93 Elmwood Park 20,112 7.9%
94 Bloomingdale 8,105 8.8%
95 Ocean City 11,202 8.0%
96 Berlin 7,547 5.8%
97 Wood-Ridge 8,511 5.5%
98 Somerville 12,121 6.0%
99 New Milford 16,578 5.6%
100 Margate City 6,076 6.3%

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